Hops generally aren’t a very large part of your beer recipe. Even if you’re making a highly hopped monstrosity like a IIIPA, the hop usage compared to the grains really isn’t much. However, hop variety and quality play a very important role in how your beer turns out. If you want great beer, use great hops (along with other high quality ingredients). Thankfully, home brewers today have a wide selection of high quality hops to choose from. Here are a few of my favorite places to get hops from…
I’ve been ordering hops from Farmhouse Brewing Supply for several years. I love their 4 oz packs because with the smaller batch size I make, they make for a perfect amount to experiment with. They have a good selection and all my orders have been well packaged. I’m particularly fond of their Farmhouse Blend which is just all the leftovers from repacking the hops into smaller amounts.
Everything I’ve gotten from YVH has been good quality and well packaged. Their selection and prices are good, but they also have awesome sales so check back frequently or subscribe to their newsletter. I’ve gotten some really good deals on 8 oz and 16 oz quantities. I also dig the stickers that came with my orders!
Hops Direct is also a good place for good quality, well packaged hops. One of the things I love about ordering from Hops Direct is that it’s a family owned, multi-generation hop farm. The downside though is that 16 oz is the smallest quantity you can purchase. I brew small batches usually so 16 oz of one particular variety lasts me quite a while.
There are certainly other places to shop, but these three places are my go to. I’ve always gotten quality, well packaged hops and never not been able to find what I was looking for between the three of them. If you’re in the market for hops, I encourage you to check them out.